National Medical Association 115th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly

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Reasons to Attend

  1. Value and Quality
  2. Scholarly Exchange… Plenaries, Joint Sessions, Symposia
  3. Interaction Across Specialties
  4. Be Informed… Be Inspired… Be Invigorated
  5. Continuing Medical Education Credits
  6. Council on Concerns of Women Physicians… Inspirational Keynote Speaker and Awards Program
  7. Professional Development
  8. Meet 40 Under 40 Healthcare Movers and Shakers
  1. Diversity of Thought, Background, Expertise, & Geography
  2. Exhibits and Poster Session
  3. Maintenance of Certification Workshops
  4. Activities for Individuals, Pairs, Groups, Families and Strangers
  5. Networking…Networking…Networking!
  6. Social Media for the Digitally Challenged & All Others
  7. House of Delegates (The Legislative Body of NMA)… Be Involved

Walk a Mile with a Child

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Come walk and play with us on Saturday, July 29 as we celebrate Walk a Mile’s 10th anniversary at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Featuring Mentoring the Pipeline to Medicine workshop and interactive activities fair. We need you to share your time and talent to engage, expose and educate the next generation of health professionals. Transportation will be provided to and from the Marriott and Temple.

Call for Award Nominations

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Providing public recognition of exceptional achievement and service within the National Medical Association is an important activity of the Association. Annually, the National Medical Association confers four awards to honor luminaries and those medical societies that have demonstrated exemplary leadership. In addition, we recognize individuals of national and international stature whose efforts significantly benefit health and medicine.

Call for Abstract

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Health professionals interested in presenting during the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly are invited to submit abstracts. Abstracts from all medical specialties and disciplines related to topics of health disparities are welcome. The submission deadline is Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

NIH/NMA Travel Awards for Residents and Fellows Attending the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly

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The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in conjunction with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Medical Association (NMA) are pleased to announce opportunities for travel awards to residents and fellows to attend the NMA’s Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly.

The awards are intended for residents and fellows who are preparing for careers in research or academic medicine and especially those who are interested in research in disease areas that disproportionately impact the health of minorities and underserved communities.

Philadelphia – More Than Ben Franklin

Philadelphia is at the center of it all. It’s the cradle of liberty, a city of medical firsts and the only World Heritage City in the nation. Philadelphia’s compact, walkable downtown is as long as its history.   The city has a state-of-the-art Convention Center located in the heart of the city, plus world-class shoppingnightlifeculture, and dining.

Plan ahead, with the following video: Philadelphia: A Modern Renaissance City.

For other interesting venues in Philadelphia.

Author’s Corner

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If you are an author, current NMA member and a registered conference attendee, we invite you to join us in Philadelphia. You bring the books, we provide the space for free in NMA Central which is located in a prominent location in the Exhibit Hall.


Sunday, July 30 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Monday, July 31 – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, August 1 – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Meeting rooms will be kept cool. Dressing in layers is recommended since the temperature in meeting rooms can vary – from comfortable to chilly. As a result, you might want to dress in layers or bring a shawl/sweater. The day time weather in Philadelphia averages 860 during July and August.


The NMA Convention is a professional development event and due to safety liability issues, children under age 18 are not permitted in the Exhibit Hall (this includes children in strollers).

Concierge Desk

A concierge desk will be located near the registration area and is there to answer most conference related questions. The meeting room changed – what is the new room?   How do I find the exhibit hall? Where the Opening and Awards Ceremony being held?   Are there places to eat inside the Center? How do I purchase tickets for the President’s Ball? The desk will be manned between the hours of 8:00 am – noon and 1:00 – 4:30 pm.

Internet and Wi-Fi

Limited complimentary wireless internet service is offered by the Pennsylvania Convention Center in various public areas – concourse and overlook areas only

House of Delegates

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A

Saturday, July 29 – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 30 – 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Wednesday, August 2 – 1:30 pm-4:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Hours

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A Level 200

Sunday, July 30  –  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Monday, July 31  –  11:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, August 1  –  11:00 pm – 3:00 pm

NMA Central

Visit NMA Central – the Association’s convention site headquarters – located in the Exhibit Hall (Booth 319).  NMA staff will be available to provide information about programs, activities, membership, the Journal of the National Medical Association and much more.

Poster Session

Walk through presentations on the latest in medical research and engage in informal discussions with the participants. Poster sessions are located in the Exhibit Hall A.

Social Media

NMA permits and encourages the use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and blogging at the conference as a way to summarize, highlight, excerpt, review, critique, and promote the presented materials, syllabus materials, or the conference in general, provided that

  • copyright law is observed;
  • verbatim information is limited to a few quotes; and
  • the author or speaker is referenced and cited appropriately.

Out of respect for the other participants, we ask that noise-making electronic devices be silenced, though they need not be turned off. We understand that they may be used to follow along in the syllabus, tweet, or take notes in accordance with the above stated social media policy.

Official hashtag – #NMA2017PHL

Scooter and Wheelchair Rentals

Scooters and wheelchairs may be rented by contacting Scootaround at 1-888-441-7575. At the prompts, press 1 and then press 3, and you will be connected to an agent, who will take your order.

Place your orders on Monday-Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. EDT, and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT. To ensure availability, we recommend your place your order no later than one week in advance of the convention.

Rates, which include delivery and pick-up charges at your hotel, are below. These rates apply only to hotels within the Center City area of Philadelphia (which is where NMA’s official hotels are located, as well as the Pennsylvania Convention Center). Credit cards are accepted.


  • 3-day rental: $259
  • Weekly rental: $350

Wheelchairs (manual):

  • 3-day rental $125
  • Weekly rental: $195

The Fed Ex Office at the Pennsylvania Convention Center has a small inventory of scooters and wheelchairs. Because this inventory is for onsite, walk-up rentals only, this equipment is available only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Why I Attend Convention

I rely on the organization’s leadership to convene critical discussions focused on health policy, healthcare reform and the challenges facing physicians not only in clinical practice, but those in leadership in health plans, academia, pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry and public health. NMA convention is also a great time to connect with my medical school alumni, friends and colleagues.

Rose E. Blackburn, M.D., M.B.A.